30th June – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

30th June


Friday 30 June 1972

Ulster Defence Association (UDA) began to organise its own ‘no-go’ areas.

[This is seen as a response to the continuation of Republican ‘no-go’ areas and fears about concessions to the Irish Republican Army (IRA).]

Monday 30 June 1980

The Grundig company announced that its factory in Belfast would close with the loss of 1,000 jobs.

Tuesday 30 June 1981

The British government issued a statement on prison policy in Northern Ireland. The government said that it would not grant special category status and would retain control of the prisons.

Monday 30 June 1986

John Stalker, then Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police, was suspended from duty while an investigation was conducted into allegations of misconduct.

[Stalker had been removed on 5 June 1986 from the investigation into the allegations of a ‘shoot to kill’ policy by security forces. Stalker was cleared of the allegations of misconduct and reinstated to his post on 22 August 1986.]

Saturday 30 June 1990


John Beckett & Gary Meyer

Two members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) were shot dead in Belfast by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Tuesday 30 June 1992

Further meetings were held in London as part of the political talks (later known as the Brooke / Mayhew talks).

Thursday 30 June 1994

The British government announced that almost 40 prisoners would be transferred from prisons in England to prisons in Northern Ireland.

The Irish News (a Belfast based newspaper) reported that in 12 of the 26 District Councils the posts of mayor and deputy mayor were being shared between Nationalist and Unionist parties.

Sunday 30 June 1996

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) rerouted a parade from passing through the lower Ormeau Road.


Tuesday 30 June 1998

The British government announced the setting up of a trauma unit in Belfast to help young people and families affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Adam Ingram, then Security Minsiter, who had recently been given the ‘minister for victims’ portfolio made the announcement and said that a package of £700,000 had been allocated to the unit.

Wednesday 30 June 1999

The “absolute deadline” set by Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, passed without the establishment of the Executive.

The Prime Minister agreed to an extension. Sinn Féin published a document entitled ‘Breaking the impasse: A Sinn Féin declaration’.



Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

Today is the anniversary of the death of the following people killed as a results of the conflict in Northern Ireland

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

– Thomas Campbell

To the innocent on the list – Your memory will live forever

– To the Paramilitaries –

There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, but nothing worth killing for.

5  People lost their lives on the 30th  June between 1976 – 1990


30 June 1976

Oliver Eaton   (42)

Status: British Army Territorial Army (TA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Also member of Police Authority. Off duty. Shot as he arrived at his workplace, Peter Pan bakery, Springfield Road, Belfast.


30 June 1976

Bernard Coyle   (17)

Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature explosion of hand grenade about to be thrown at British Army (BA) foot patrol, Meenan Square, Bogside, Derry


30 June 1987
James Keelan   (34)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot at his home, Wheatfield Drive, off Crumlin Road, Belfast.


30 June 1990

John Beckett  (47)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) foot patrol, Castle Street, Belfast.


30 June 1990

Gary Meyer  (36)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) foot patrol, Castle Street, Belfast.




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